2014 Best of Treasure Valley: Pampering

adutton@idahostatesman.comJune 20, 2014 

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Carly Mamizuka, left, joins the paddleboard yoga class at West Boise YMCA.

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When it comes to making themselves or their pets look good, voters had a hard time picking favorites. Razor-thin margins separated many winners.

Locally owned businesses dominated among spas and hair salons, while national chains beat out competitors for Best Pet Grooming, Best Men’s Haircut and Best Massage.

Two Rivers Salon and Spa in Eagle, a first- and third-place winner, calls itself “the spa by the river.” Two Rivers has six massage and body-treatment rooms, four esthetician rooms, eight mani-pedi stations and two rooms where couples or friends can get side-by-side facials or massages.

With 49 years in the Treasure Valley, Best Hair Salon winner Graeber & Company knows how to wow customers. Stylist-owner Odell England says the salon’s popularity comes not just from its quality, but from community involvement including volunteer work for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater and Opera Idaho. “It’s in our mission statement that people that work here have to do three community projects a year — and the ones in the orange vests along the highway do not count!” he adds with a laugh.

Eagle Day Spa, a second- and third-place winner, offers skin peels, facials, massages and waxes. It also has airbrush spray tanning for those who want a summer glow without the sun damage, and it sells laser tattoo removal and other laser skin treatments.

Panache Hair Studio and Day Spa, a second-place winner in two categories, supplements its usual salon-spa fare with daily yoga classes, private yoga sessions and yoga for pregnant women. It also offers fitness classes.

But for Treasure Valley residents looking for more than yoga, the YMCA took Best Gym honors.

When it comes to healthy living and fitness, there isn’t much that the YMCA doesn’t do. With four massive gyms, the Y doesn’t just have ellipticals and treadmills; it also offers weight loss and nutrition services, swimming and a slew of group exercise classes. Plus, it has child care and after-school and before-school programs. And the Downtown Boise YMCA is probably the only place in Idaho with a dragon water fixture at the kiddie pool. But what sets the Treasure Valley Family YMCA apart financially is the discounts it offers to individuals and families with low incomes.

For a men’s haircut, voters prefer Sport Clips. The sports-themed hair salon franchise has five Treasure Valley salons and offers an “MVP Experience” that crams a shampoo and scalp massage, steamed towel wrap and haircut into 20 minutes.

Pet owners prefer Petco when it comes to getting their animal companions groomed. The full-service package includes “a 15-minute brush-out, ear cleaning, nail trim, bath with natural shampoo, blow-dry, haircut and spritz. Add a Spa Works package to your dog’s groom for extra pampering.”

Hey, can humans qualify for that, too?


1. Treasure Valley Family YMCA

2. Axiom

3. Idaho Athletic Club

Hair Salon

1. Graeber & Company

2. Panache Hair Studio & Day Spa

3. Two Rivers Salon and Spa

Massage Therapist

1. Massage Envy Spa

2. Eagle Day Spa

3. Three Oaks Academy and Integrative Therapy Clinic

Men’s Haircut

1. Sport Clips

2. Great Clips

3. Fred’s “Reel” Barber Shop

Pet Grooming

1. Petco

2. Do It Yourself Doggie Detail

3. Doggie Day Spaw


1. Two Rivers Salon and Spa

2. Panache Hair Studio & Day Spa

3. Eagle Day Spa

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